All right, it’s the middle of September, I have my fifth and hopefully final semester under way, I am equipped with a brand new beautiful, and most importantly, functioning Macbook, and blogging will be forthwith back on track.
Here, in one post is the summary of my last few weeks:
Of course, powering this whole thing, is my new baby, the laptop I’ve been lusting over in great earnest since last December when my old one bit the dust:
It’s so pretty. I took some glamour shots, but let’s skip over my nerdy obsessiveness for now.
I’ve even created a whole little study nook in which to write and prod myself into making this final semester more productive:
And in the interest of making myself organized and thus, again productive, I also rearranged my room and made a little study bookshelf. You may begin to sense a theme here. Look, I have this many textbooks to read through this semester:
As for the knitting? Well, the knitting gods and goddesses decided I needed a little bit of a come down, for what I am not entirely sure. But the weeks have gone something like this:
1) Cate starts Coquille, Cate finds an ingenius way to measure how much yarn she;s using (well, actually, Andria comes up with it) by using a WORD, Cate makes the halfway point only slightly worried she’s using too much, then Cate realizes she misread the pattern, and there’s not a slight chance in hell she has enough, since it was only five repeats, not seven—so ri-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-p back.
If you’re interested, it now looks like this:
2) Cate starts her favorite baby hat ever for Issy, even making two identical earflaps the first time, Cate reaches the body of the hat, and realizes she misread the pattern, and the hat is meant for one to two years, not one to three months. Cate keeps knitting, thinking, ‘Babies grow, babies grow.’ Cate reexamines hat and notices it just might fit Issy’s head in a few months despite what the pattern says. Instead of thinking something may be amiss, Cate keeps knitting to the crown, whereupon starting the decreasing, she realizes she casted on only about one-third of the stitches she was supposed to and the whole hat is a bust—so it is ri-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-pped back.
Below are its sad remains. It will be reknit, but I need a beige break.
3) Cate has no other projects and needs something to knit in class. Cate hesitantly re-casts on Sock 2 of The Pair That Must Not Be Named. She makes it to the heel flap with only one minor frogging. She knits and turns the heel. She starts the gusset and foot pattern. She utters some profanity upon realizing she knit the heel differently from the last one. She ri-i-i-i-i-i-i-ps back. She counts. She counts again. She puts it away for a few hours, picks it back up, and counts one last time. She reknits the heel, turns it, knits at the gusset, and sprints to the toe. The gets grafted, the pair are held up to each other. At last examination, they appear to match—they are done at long last:
4) Cate needs a laptop cover, and decides to knit one using some handspun orange and brown Corriedale. Thinking she may be a little short, Cate resolutely keeps knitting, and ignores this fact until she runs out and upon measurement, it reaches only the front half of the laptop. ‘I’ve been wanted to make a rice bag,’ she thinks, and sews it up for this purpose instead. After one run through the washer for felting, she pulls it out and sees this:
That, my friends, is not a cube-shaped sack. Don’t ask me how it happened. It is a question of geometry that I do not want to venture into. Perhaps it will be more ergonomically correct?
Luckily a few things have gone right. Like laptop cover the second. Made from unidentified gift wool and some mohair Andria brought back from New Zealand, it actually made it around both sides of my laptop. It’s a wee bit wide– about four inches, so my plan is to cut it down and resew, with a possible trip back to the washer to make the seam strong. Sometimes I like felting.
I also needle felted some embellishments on my Grantham. Much as I like the goes-with-everything appeal of beige, the hat was a little…beige. It’s supposed to be a snowy Wisconsin winter, so I need some flowers to remind me there will also be a spring at some point:
And finally, how about a real picture of my February Lady Sweater? And perhaps with some buttons?
I found the perfect ones. Well, actually, after searching the button collection at Hancock Fabric, I found one package of two perfect buttons. Upon reaching for a second pack to make my three buttons—I lost where I had found them. Fantastic and I frantically searched for about ten minutes before she finally located them. It was a close call.
And now, without further ado, I have some textbooks to attend to.